Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.
A few years after Katy’s dad died, her mom up and moved her from Sunny Florida to the middle of nowhere West Virginia. Trying to fit in, Katy goes next door to introduce herself to her hunky neighbor, Daemon, only to receive a less than friendly welcome. Daemon is infuriating, and seems to hate Katy with a passion. Why? Katy has no idea! It’s not like she’s done anything to him. So she went and knocked on his door to ask where the grocery store was. So sue her.
After befriending Daemon’s sister, Dee (much to his dismay), the two are forced to spend more time with eachother than they ever desired. Not only that, but they are stuck in a couple of classes together! Now Katy has to battle being the new kid in an underpopulated city and having the hottest guy she’s ever seen hate her guts.
The thing with being Dee’s best friend means that Daemon and Katy are forced to spend time with eachother. Dee is determined to make them be nice to one another, and she goes to great lengths to attempt to make that happen. One night (while arguing with Daemon, of course) Katy finds herself in a situation that could end her life. Except….that doesn’t happen. Nope. Instead, she finds out that Daemon, Dee, and the rest of their friends and family are aliens. Yep, you heard correctly. Aliens.
Turns out that once an alien demonstrates their powers around a human, that human gets a sort of trace on them. The trace makes them glow like the fourth of July, which attracts the aliens (or Luxens) enemies, The Arum. Now Katy has to spend even more time with Daemon to stay protected, but she soon finds out that that might not be as bad as she once thought…
I have heard a lot of positive things about the Lux series during this past year, but I always strayed away from them. I’m not really sure why. Maybe it had to do something with the aliens. Most of the main characters in this series are aliens, and that might have convinced me not to read the series. I don’t know. But what I do know is that this is one of the very best series that I have ever read.
Daemon….oh, Daemon. I don’t even know how to begin to tell you all how HOT this guy is! Daemon is infuriating, sexy, gorgeous, sarcastic, a definite smart ass, brilliant, glowy, a jerk, and a romantic all bunched up together. I’ve fallen in love with many male characters before, but I don’t think I’ve fallen this hard since Jace from The Mortal Instruments. Daemon is at the top for me, and he definitely made this series.
I can’t just lay it all on Daemon, though, because I loved ALL of the characters! Katy…..such a brilliant lead character! She reminded me a little bit of Bella from Twilight because of how timid she could be, but I still loved her! Dee, Ash, Adam, Andrew? Matthew….I loved them all. I will say that it took me a little bit to warm up to Daemon’s sister, Dee. I was really on the fence with her during the first book, but I loved her by the time the second book started. All of the characters are just so special. I really don’t know how Jennifer L. Armentrout created such a lovely world.
The only downfall about this book is that it is very similar to Twilight. Girl meets different male species, girl falls in love with said male, danger comes after female, male protects female. Katy was Bella, and Dee….Dee was SO Alice! Ash was Rose, Adam was kind of like Jasper..Andrew? Is that his name? He was like Emmett. Then you have Matthew who was just like Carlisle. I wouldn’t compare Daemon to Edward…but you get the gist. I definitely noticed the similarities in the book, but I looked past it because of how GOOD the book was! I have talked to people who were really bugged by how similar the two books were, though.
I loved loved LOVED that Katy was a blogger! I know it’s silly, but I got irrationally excited over the fact that she blogged, got excited over ARC’s, etc. I even went fangirl when she was doing her WOW and IMM posts. This really won’t affect those of you who don’t blog, but those who do will LOVE this!
The romance between Daemon and Katy was so special. I had my fangirl face on for like…well…it’s still on because I’m about to read the third book, Opal. This was probably one of the best romances I have ever read. In fact, THIS was/is my fangirl face.
I don’t have anything bad to say about this series. I LOVED IT! The only reason it got bumped down to a 4.5 is because the final product has several grammatical errors, which I just can’t look past. I would encourage every single one of you to go out and buy or borrow this series. You will NOT be disappointed!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Teaser Quote: “Aliens—if they exist—are little green men with big eyes and spindly arms or…or giant insects or something like a lumpy
little creature.” Daemon let out a loud laugh. “ET?”
“Yes! Like ET, asshole. I’m so glad you find this funny.”
“Will you show me what you really look like? You don’t sparkle, do you?”